250 exhibitors from 14 countries, 17,000 visitors from 30 nations 30 (2009: 15,500 visitors), sold out congress events, numerous political delegations from Germany and abroad, and the extremely successful world summit on small wind turbines firmly established this year’s New Energy Husum as the leading international trade fair for the small wind industry, and also as the most successful, most visited renewable energy exhibition event in Germany.
Not just the exhibitors have noticed how international this fair has become in such a short time, but also the visitors from all the German states and 30 other countries who came to Husum. Over the last few days we have welcomed visitors from all over Germany, and even from the Azores, Brazil, India, China and the Emirates in Husum”, said the fair’s managing director Hanno Fecke.
“Welcome to the Mecca of the small wind industry”, was how Wolfgang Schmidtner from Renergy, one of the 20 speakers at the 3rd Small Wind Turbine Symposium, started his talk on Sunday. On this the final day of the exhibition, numerous representatives of the 52 international small wind turbine exhibitors were proudly showing off their stacks of business cards from new and prospective customers who are interested in distributing the innovative small wind turbines in Europe. “This is where the most important international marketplace for small wind turbines has come into being”, was the opinion of international experts and exhibitors across the board. This is also emphasised by the announcement that the next world summit for the small wind sector will be held once again at New Energy Husum in March 2011, in the new Husum Congress Hall currently under construction on the exhibition site.
“With all the different people and languages at the fair, the atmosphere was very much like that at HUSUM WindEnergy”, said the exhibition’s press officer Gudrun Kromrey, “and we have also seen many familiar faces from the “big” wind industry here, who also wanted to find out more about the “small” turbines. Here we see the definite genesis of a new, successful industry sector.”
The highly topical subject of electrically powered vehicles was also an enormous success at the fair, for visitors and exhibitors alike. At times it was hardly possible to see the innovative vehicles because of the sheer mass of visitors around them. “Here they’re not just looking and marvelling like at other exhibitions. Here they’re buying the E-Mobiles”, was the unanimous and enthusiastic statement of the electric vehicle exhibitors.
The exhibitors from the solar sector were also very satisfied with the mass of visitors prepared to buy systems. “The people who were here are very much aware that solar power is still a profitable and sensible alternative, despite all the contrary reports in the press”, corroborated representatives of the photovoltaic sector.
“At the end of this fair we can confirm that the exhibition space for the next New Energy (17-20 March 2011) is almost sold out. That is perhaps the most clear proof of the high level of satisfaction of the New Energy exhibitors from all the renewable energy sectors!” said a very happy New Energy project manager. “This is our trade fair, and no other!” is how an enthusiastic Frank Fuhlendorf from Aldra Solar summed up his showing at this year’s New Energy. Exhibitors from all sectors were amazed at the great number of European visitors who had come to Husum to develop new business contacts. “We have had very good talks with Danes, Dutch, Spaniards, and even Australians”, enthused Philippa Rogers from the English company quietrevolution. “That was something we never expected in Husum. And you can be sure we’ll be back again next year.”
Many visitors were especially interested in the new regenerative heating systems. “Time and again we are always amazed by the New Energy visitors who come to our stands already well informed, and with specific demands and wishes”, was how Thorsten Hoffmann from Künzel described the particularly high quality of visitors to the fair, something that did not go unnoticed by the other exhibitors either.
“Our congratulations on this exhibition. I’ve known New Energy now since 2004. I’d never have expected you to accomplish this much. New Energy is now quite clearly a leading international exhibition for the use of all renewable energy sources!” was how Thomic Ruschmeyer from the German Solar Mobility Association praised the organisation team. “My goodness, how this has all grown. We come to the New Energy exhibition sum every year, and we will definitely be back again next year. There’s always something new to see. Great!”, confirmed the Hansens from Husum.